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Securing the Supply Chain: Background Checks for Manufacturing Integrity

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Ensuring the integrity of your manufacturing supply chain is important for safe and efficient operations. Your number one resource on your line is your employees, so hiring candidates who work safely is vital. Learn how background checks may help manufacturing companies secure staff that maintain a safe and secure workplace.

Safety is a top industry priority

Manufacturing facilities involve heavy machinery, hazardous materials, and complex processes. Bottom line – it can be dangerous work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that, in 2020, 3.1 out of every 100 full-time equivalent manufacturing employees were reportedly involved in a nonfatal injury or illness. That was a 20% rate increase over the year prior. The Bureau also reported 341 fatal injuries in 2020, 77 of which were transportation related.

We all know that fostering a safe work environment can help prevent and mitigate injuries, and employment screening can help in a variety of ways.

Background checks tailored to the manufacturing industry can help verify skills relevant to process and workplace safety. For example, checking a candidate’s motor vehicle record can ensure that manufacturing employers have the most up-to-date information on a candidate’s license status, class, moving violations, and restrictions that may be relevant to the position.

Another example is criminal background checks, which are standard for all sectors but especially manufacturing employers who have an interest in fostering a safe workplace. Certain convictions may disqualify candidates from specific roles, especially those involving specialized equipment or materials. In fact, Verified Credentials sees all organizations in the industry checking for criminal history.

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Lastly, fostering safety also means maintaining a drug-free workplace. Pre-employment drug tests detect substance use to help identify potential risks and ensure that employees are fit to perform their duties. According to a 2023 report by drug testing partner Quest Diagnostics, the manufacturing industry experiences an average positivity rate of 4.5% (compared to a 4.6% average of all combined industries). So, while the rate of positive tests in manufacturing may not be any worse than it is other industries, each positive test evidences that drug and alcohol use remains. The use of heavy machinery and hazardous materials can exacerbate an already dangerous combination. By implementing strict drug and alcohol testing policies, companies can create a secure work environment and reduce the risk of accidents or errors.

Nearly 10% of U.S. workforce post-accident drug tests are positive. -Quest Diagnostics, 2021 Drug Testing Index and Industry Insights

Conducting comprehensive criminal history checks, national searches, and SSN traces can help organizations make informed hiring decisions. By thoroughly screening candidates, companies can mitigate risks and protect their workforce.

Maintaining compliance with regulations

Manufacturing companies must comply with numerous laws and regulations, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and environmental laws. Background checks help ensure that employees meet legal requirements and adhere to industry standards. Consistent screening can also promote a culture of accountability and responsibility. By verifying compliance through a thorough background check, organizations can avoid penalties and maintain a positive reputation.

Manufacturers rely on a robust supply chain to ensure smooth operations, including the people who do the work. Background checks can help maintain safety, promote a secure workplace, and prevent disruptions. Manufacturing companies can safeguard their supply chain and keep producing by conducting thorough screenings.

Verified Credentials has a complete set of screening solutions for manufacturing companies. Flexible account settings and preferences help employers tailor a solution for their current workforce while easily adjusting to future hiring needs. Schedule time to learn how partnering with Verified Credentials may help keep your lines producing safely with employees you trust.

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